Luna Fungicide Offers Great In-Season
Protection with Post-Season Secondary Benefits
different formulations of Luna Products are benefiting growers while offering a
good rotation product for resistance management and even extending shelf life
of cherries and apple.
With Luna Experience, Luna Sensation and Luna Tranquility, growers
now have a systemic solution proven to control a wide range of horticultural
diseases. Effective on almond, apple, cherry, pistachio, potato, tree nuts, watermelon
and wine grape crops, Luna provides unprecedented control of some of the most
problematic fungal diseases to help growers deliver the best possible fruits,
nuts and vegetables.
“Luna is an
outstanding fungicide for protecting fruit, nut crops, and vegetables from a
wide range of fungal disease such brown rot, grey mold, Alternaria, and powdery
mildew, shothole on almonds,” said Jim
Adaskaveg, UC Riverside Professor and Pathologist.
with active ingredients Fluopyram and Pyrimethanil is in FRAC Group 7 and 9. It
is registered on apples, potatoes and winegrapes.
Experience with active ingredients Fluopyram and Tebuconazole is in FRAC Group
7 and 3. It is registered on almonds, pecans, pistachios, as well as other tree
nuts, watermelon, and winegrapes.
Sensation with active ingredients Fluopyram and Trifloxystrobin is in FRAC
Group 7 and 11. It is registered on almonds, apples, cherries, watermelon and
ingredient Fluopyram, which is in all the Luna formulations, is new pyramide chemistry.
Fluopyram has been found to bind more tightly to the target site than other
SDHI materials. The distinctly different structure and flexibility of the Luna
active ingredient allows it to remain effective where other SDHI products are
failing due to resistance.
Luna formulations are premixed with active ingredients in different FRAC groups
and have been shown to
be excellent in protecting various specialty crops from diseases, while
providing much needed resistance management. In fact, Luna provides the
broadest options for preventing and managing resistance,” said Adaskaveg.
Rob Schrick, Horticulture Business Lead for
Bayer Crop Science, commented, “Every
once in a while we come out with a blockbuster, herbicide, fungicide,
insecticide, or biological. But we come across applications outside the
original intent of the product, and Luna fungicide is one of those products.”
currently registered on seven crops throughout the U.S. including apples,
cherries, tree nuts, wine grapes, potatoes and watermelons. “It’s used as a
traditional regiment fungicide application. But we are seeing, as growers use
this product in their current practices, that that the harvested crops exhibit
high quality and extended shelf life in cherries and apples,” Schrick noted.
cherries, we see a dramatic difference in quality due to an in-season
application of Luna,” explained Shrick. “What we are seeing in cherries, as
well as apples, is up to two or three weeks of extended shelf, but the quality
characteristics are also extended.”
is the grower,” Shrick said, “and what we are trying to understand is what the
value of this quality component is to the grower.”
looking to expand this registration to many different crops,” Shrick commented,
“which should be completed in 2015 and ready for growers for the 2016 season.”
not completely settled on this, but we believe that the postharvest benefit
comes from superior control of various in-season diseases and reductions of
inoculum from earlier in the season,” said Mark
McAuley, Product Manager for horticultural fungicides.
we do not see the effect of the fungi until after harvest, but the stage is set
much earlier in the year when the pathogens are on the fruit and, in some cases,
even embedded into the skin of the fruit,” McAuley said. “Once in the outer skin
of the fruit, they lay dormant until harvest or postharvest when conditions are
more favorable for the fungi to grow. The length of fungi control postharvest
is unique with Luna compared with other fungicides,” he said.
noted that testing on other pending registered fruits and vegetables is showing
similar postharvest benefits.
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